Friday, October 24, 2008

Yahoo! Mobile Developer Awards Party at Zouk

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Yesterday, I attended the Yahoo! Mobile Developer Awards Party held at Zouk and Velvet Underground. The event was held to announce the winners of the inaugural Yahoo! Mobile Developer Awards, a competition for students from leading Singapore tertiary institutes to build mobile widgets for global corporate brands, DBS Bank, Kellogg Asia, Malaysia Airlines, and travel portal UEEEU.com.

Back in September, a total of 24 teams from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Temasek Polytechnic (TP) started building their mobile widgets for the four companies mentioned earlier using Yahoo's latest mobile development platform called Yahoo! Blueprint, an easy to use, versatile and feature packed platform for developers to create and distribute mobile applications.

Yesterday at the event ceremony, the four winning widgets were announced. Here's a video of Yahoo's Gavin Hall (remember him?) telling me more about the awards and showing me two of the winning widgets.



The team that won the DBS Bank category is "Simple" from NTU. They developed a mobile widget to help customers of DBS conveniently locate branches and ATMs and access information on bank products and credit card privileges.

"The Jinx" from TP won the Kellogg Asia category. Their widget helps people to take part in Kellogg's Special K Challenge. It includes calorie and BMI calculators, healthy tips, Special K recipes and a personal progress planner.

For the Malaysian Airlines category, the winning widget came from "We Mobile" from SP. Their widget encourages people to travel with Malaysian Airlines and incorporates interesting and useful features to assist users with their travel plans.

Lastly team "Chlorophyll Studios" from NYP won the UEEEU.com category. They created a widget to make customers' travel experience more convenient and enjoyable. The widget includes a language translator, a world time indicator, destination guides, hotel and vehicle search and reservation functions and travel planning.

The team that eventually won the "Best in Show" mobile widget last night was my personal favourite, "Simple" from NTU. I had a chance to talk to the team after they were presented with their award. Here's the video.



And here's the team posing with me for a photograph after the interview.

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You can view more photos taken at the Yahoo! Mobile Awards Party including screenshots of the winning widgets here.

21 comments:

GeekGod said...

Jowie's hot!!! Is your friend available? ;o)

Mr Big said...

Pretty girl there IZ!

Myra Leong said...

I'm so jealous of this pic:

http://share.ovi.com/media/izreloaded.YahooMobileDeve/izreloaded.10387

But I'm so happy with the high resolution pic of:

http://share.ovi.com/original.aspx?channelname=izreloaded.YahooMobileDeve&media=izreloaded.10386

So cute!!

Rickie said...

"The Jinx"? What a name for a team!

zinc said...

love ur pic with the ntu team

xXx said...

I want Jowie too! Introduce! Introduce!

r'chelle said...

hmmm who's jowie?

redcliff19 said...

i downloaded yahoo go. i like it a lot... thanks. but where can i find the widgets that you mentioned in this post?

Anonymous said...

said hi to u at zouk last night but u did not turn around

:o(

M'Celle said...

I was rooting for the UEEEU.com widget but I think it was obvious that the DBS one will win. BTW, nice to see you in the flesh.

Anonymous said...

>Rickie said...

"The Jinx"? What a name for a team!

No wonder they did not win the overall award. hahahaha!!!

Johnny Q said...

IZ: How can I download the DBS widget?

priscilla said...

:) thanks for sharing the video! I wished i could stay longer and party!

I.Z. Reloaded said...

Jowie is a good friend. If any of you (girls or guys) interested, do drop me a mail.

I.Z. Reloaded said...

redcliff19: Glad that you liked Yahoo Go 3.0. It is definitely the best internet experience for your phone!

redcliff19 and JohnnyQ: The winning widgets at Yahoo Mobile Developer Awards will be available for download sometime soon. I'll let you all know as soon as Yahoo informs me.

I.Z. Reloaded said...

Anonymous: Sorry I did not turn around when you said HI. I swear I did not hear anything. Maybe it was too noisy when the band were performing at Zouk. My apologies again.

M'Celle: Sorry, did we talk at the party? Team Simple has the best widget and presented better than the rest so they deserved to win.

Shy said...

>If any of you (girls or guys) interested, do drop me a mail.

IZ: Girls? Ok. I'm interested! Wahahaha!!!

dann said...

i love the batman in the pic

Anonymous said...

the interface for the dbs widget is very clean. that's a plus point.

xXx said...

>Maybe it was too noisy when the band were performing at Zouk.

too noisy or were u too busy with some hot chicks? hehe.

Podcamp said...

Wow Yahoo! is really doing some good work in the mobile internet sphere. OneSearch with voice (from your Communic posts) was super impressive, and now Blueprint is going to get many developers excited for sure.

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